Policy entrepreneurs and promotion of Australian state knowledge economies

Michael Allen Mintrom, Chris Salisbury, Joannah Luetjens

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Policy entrepreneurs seek to shift the status quo in given areas of public policy. In doing so, they work closely with others, and their activities call for high levels of political skill. This article examines the actions of policy entrepreneurs who promoted the development of knowledge economies in two Australian states: Queensland and Victoria. During the past two decades, national and sub-national governments around the world have sought to nurture knowledge economies within their borders. Our analysis of knowledge economy advocacy improves understanding of how specific individuals - as strategic team builders - can promote major policy change. This focus on team work and coalition-building as central elements of the process of policy entrepreneurship offers a corrective to some earlier studies that inappropriately conferred lone hero status to policy entrepreneurs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423 - 438
Number of pages16
JournalAustralian Journal of Political Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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